Saying good-bye is hard to do, especially if you're the parent of a small child who suffers from separation anxiety. There is good reason behind your toddler's tears; these helpful solutions can make your "so long's" a little less stressful.
My 2-year-old does not separate well from me. In the past I've left her for short periods of time with her grandparents and at my gym's daycare, but she just cries the whole time. I'm worried what it will be like if I leave her for longer periods to go to work. Please help!
Curiosity is the focus this month. In the sake of discovery your little one may empty drawers, unroll paper towels, tear up magazines, unfold laundry. Besides a topsy-turvy house, what else can you expect with an eight-month-old?
My daughter is 16 months old. My husband's been off work a few months and soon will be starting again. At times he may be away from home for two weeks at a time.
She is VERY attached to him. If she notices he is gone she has a melt down. Today he left for work before she woke up and it was just a rotten day. She pounded on the bedroom door, screamed...
Do you have any suggestions that might make her transition easier on everyone?
Battling traffic was the easy part. Talking in front of 100+ potential clients? No sweat! Getting past "toddler separation meltdown" however.... What on earth is a parent to do?
I get five of my ten toes out the door and screaming ensues. I remember, "Oh yes, we're in the phase where she blows a gasket if I leave the room." But, cry she must. This mama's gotta poop - when my husband is conveniently at work. This is unfortunate because, were he home during my oh-so-scheduled poops, I could enjoy a leisurely crap...
You have a beautiful child who is the epitome of independence. S/he plays well alone or with other children and sleeps alone at night. There is just one problem Your sweet, independent little angel refuses to allow you out of his/her sight.
Does your baby "give you the raspberries?" That is, does he sputter with his tongue and lips? This is sometimes an indication that he has eaten enough food at that particular feeding. Watch carefully for signals of "I've had enough."
The development of separation anxiety demonstrates that your baby has formed a healthy, loving attachment to you. It is a beautiful sign that your baby associates pleasure, comfort, and security with your presence.
The crumpled face, the arms velcro-locked around your knees, the wail that rips through your heart. Virtually every parent who has left a toddler with a caregiver has experienced this. It's the normal response of a securely attached toddler who protests what she perceives as a life-threatening separation from her mother.